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Sit Longer, Die Sooner

SOdhner Another brick in the wall... (341 comments)

If I start to add up all the things I do that make me more likely to die it gets depressing fast. In fact, I'm now so depressed all I have the energy to do is sit here and eat ice cream. God damn it.

about 4 years ago

Where Will Your Next Gadget Be Made?

SOdhner Re:They will be made in the next cheapest country (378 comments)

In the future everything will be manufactured by robots.

Fine, fine, but where will the robots be made? And as for slave labor, well, there's always some job that won't be done with robots - the fact is that we have a long way to go before robots are cheaper to replace than kids. If we ever somehow pass that line (we won't) then I guess we can turn the poor into Soylent Green.

more than 4 years ago

The Rise of Nanofoods

SOdhner "or is it just frightening Franken-food?" (369 comments)

Ugh. Let's not scare-monger, please. If there are any specific risks or complaints about specific new products, that's fine - but there's nothing inherantly wrong or dangerous about this and lumping braod categories of things in together as "Frankenfoods" is irresponsible. We have always modified our food, this is just a more recent method than some.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Ends

SOdhner Re:Local ABC affiliate - epic fail (955 comments)

No, no, that was intentional. The pixelation was caused by the island's EM strangeness, and the audio loss was symbolic. Duh.

more than 4 years ago

Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers a Texas Town

SOdhner Re:from the article (301 comments)

I'm confident the technology exists to keep something dry, in 2010.

I, for one, am quite happy with my "roof", as it's called.

Actually I've just been granted a patent on the 'roof' and so...

Oh. Wrong kind of Texas story. Sorry.

more than 4 years ago

In the UK, a Victory For Free Speech

SOdhner Re:Bad things to say about chiropractors? (130 comments)

Mod parent up, please.

This is indeed the issue at hand - nobody can deny that they have claimed to be able to "cure" all sorts of things despite those claims being proven false.

The word "bogus" was latched onto as implying that the chiropractors were making these claims *despite knowing they were false* rather than actually believing what they said.

Had this recent ruling gone the other way, Singh would have needed to prove that they *knew* it was all lies which would have been nearly impossible. (Certainly he could have made a great case, but in the end no matter how much they should have known it's very very hard to prove that someone believes something.)

more than 4 years ago

Google Announces New Google Wave "Wave" Notification

SOdhner Re:April 1st (95 comments)

I think this is another Google's April First joke

No, it's legit. I've already tested it out mysef, and it worked as advertised. Sadly, I accidentally used the new Google Docs feature that allows you to upload ANYTHING to upload myself, so now I can't see the people waving. Hmm.

more than 4 years ago

First LHC Data Hint At New Particle

SOdhner Pics or it didn't happen. (124 comments)

Aww, I was expecting a funny picture of a CERN scientist being chased by a velocineutron. Bah.

more than 4 years ago

New Method Could Hide Malware In PDFs, No Further Exploits Needed

SOdhner Re:Seriously, just uninstall Reader already. (234 comments)

No, it's that Google already has SO MUCH of my info that I just don't care anymore. Trying to keep any of my information from Google at this point is like closing the barn doors after the cows are out.

more than 4 years ago

IsoHunt Told To Pull Torrent Files Offline

SOdhner A more agreeable resolution? (392 comments)

"Fung claims he's still hoping for a more agreeable resolution that won't result in IsoHunt closing its doors,"

Hah! That's a joke, right? More agreeable that having to remove infringing content? The only thing more agreeable than that is if he removes it all AND pays massive fines. Oh... wait... more agreeable to *him*?

That's equally funny. For that to be a remote possibility someone in authority would have to be okay with him facilitating the transfer of copywrighted material and there's just about zero chance of that happening. Let it go.

more than 4 years ago

Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass

SOdhner Re:Not going to RTFA; explain? (586 comments)

Short answer is that they are less likely to try and take intentions into account. If you don't warn someone that the door they're about to open is booby-trapped but then the bomb is a dud... well, no harm no foul. Whereas without the scrambling we would still say it is wrong to not warn someone about that whole immenant death thing.

more than 4 years ago

Multi-Touch Tech Firm Seeks iPad Sales Injunction

SOdhner Re:How do you say (148 comments)

I think that depends on the "fix". I've seen some pretty fantastic ones that are funny, insightful, or both. Of course I also see a lot of stupid ones, but if we stop the "fixed that for ya" replies a new meme will just step in to fill the void because the real problem is people who think something like that takes the place of quality content rather than accenting whatever is (or isn't) there to begin with.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

SOdhner Re:Google's apps (483 comments)

The only actual reference to Google in the PDF is where it says that you have to abide by Google's rules when using their Mobile Maps thing.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

SOdhner Sounds about right. (483 comments)

At least the part quoted in the summary sounds like I assumed it would. They've got the high ground and there's no good reason not to have this sort of agreement. Interesting, but not even a tiny bit surprising.

more than 4 years ago

Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones"

SOdhner I know one person eager to hear the results. (106 comments)

He's a blood spatter expert for Miami PD. He seems really, really interested in what they find. I wonder why?

more than 4 years ago

Federal Deadline Hobbling eHealth IT Rollout

SOdhner The clear solution... (99 comments)

The clear solution is to just not put a deadline on it at all. Surely that will result in quality systems, right? I mean, it's not like they can put this off indefinitely... can they? Oh.

more than 4 years ago

Cryptome in Hot Water Again

SOdhner But it *is* copyrighted, right? (241 comments)

I just want to make sure I fully understand the situation. This is something written by MS and being hosted in its entirety by someone else without permission, right? So their claim is legally correct and everything, isn't it? I'm not saying I like Microsoft but I just want to be clear on the details which seem to imply that whether or not this is a *nice* thing to do it at least fits the standards for a DMCA notice. Please correct me if I've misunderstood.

more than 4 years ago

Latvian "Robin Hood" Hacker Leaks Bank Details

SOdhner Re:Who? Wha? Huh? (170 comments)

He's playing Robin Hood in a new movie that's not out yet.

more than 4 years ago

The Blind Shall See Again, But When?

SOdhner Re:This is BAD BAD BAD (226 comments)

save the fried chicken jokes. EVERYONE LOVES FRIED CHICKEN

Some people are born with impairments to their sense of taste which - incorrectly - makes them believe that fried chicken is not absolutely delicious. Fortunately there is now a tongue implant that can correct this terrible condition.

The problem is that this may result in cultural genocide to tasteless people. It is not thought to impact those with bad taste in partners, movies, etc. although god willing we may one day find a treatment for that as well.

more than 4 years ago



Breaking the Sound Barrier in Freefall

SOdhner SOdhner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SOdhner (1619761) writes "Red Bull is sponsoring an interesting stunt: "Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, seeks to surpass limits that have existed for 50 years. Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a freefall jump targeted to reach – for the first time in history – supersonic speeds."

The previous record was set by Joe Kittinger as part of a US government experiment, and who is also attached to this project. This should be a record for speed (mach 1 in freefall), freefall altitude (23 miles up), Highest manned balloon flight, and Longest freefall duration (about five and a half minutes before he opens the chute)."

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I clearly don't understand the Karma system yet.

SOdhner SOdhner writes  |  about 5 years ago

So, I've only recently caved and made my account on Slashdot, and I'm still learning about the karma system. I made a few comments on stories but they weren't on the main page and weren't all that noteworthy so they just sort of sat there with the default point value of 1. Then one day I posted in a story on the main page. In retrospect the post could have been funnier or more informative, but it wasn't bad either.

It was moderated -1, Redundant. This seemed odd because it wasn't redundant, at least not in a literal sense. Nobody else had responded to the post that I was responding to (or at least not in a remotely similar way). But I shrugged and continued. Quickly I discovered that my karma was now, from that single infraction, "Bad" and everything I post is at 0 points. This makes them less visible, which is a little annoying.

A little after that, I saw that I had gained the achievement "Had a Comment Modded Up". My karma was still Bad, so I looked at my posts and found that the only change was that the "redundant" one had been simultaneously modded Overrated and Underrated. It still said it was redundant, and the score was still 0.

A little after that, it changed again - now it has a score of 1 (as it did originally) and is marked "Insightful". My overall karma is still bad, and my posts still default at 0. Since then I've had another modded +1 Insightful and one modded +1 Funny. That means if I look at a list of my posts and exclude those that are at the default, it looks like this:

Score 1, Funny
Score 1, Insightful
Score 1, Insightful

Three positive, no negative... and that's bad karma. To be fair I think one of the insightfuls probably counts as a 0 rather than a 1 because when that one got posted my default was 1... but either way I'm really confused. I'm sure I'll figure it out someday, I feel like Slashdot probably knows what it's doing, but right now this looks insane.

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